Victorian Inventions
A penny-farthing was a bicycle with one large wheel and one small wheel.

Victorian Inventions

One of the subjects studied in KS2 history is the Victorian era and this is the second of two quizzes on the topic. Specifically it looks some of the Victorian inventions, many of which are still in use today, that improved peoples lives.

The Victorians were great inventors and some of the things they invented we still use today. It was a time of great advances in science and technology. One of the most important developments during the Victorian era was the improvement of communication links, such as stagecoaches, canals, steam ships and railways, not to mention the stamp, the telegraph and the telephone. But there were many more inventions of the time, such as the motor car, the vacuum cleaner and the flushing toilet.

Take this quiz to test what you know about Victorian inventions and to discover which of them are still in use today.

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  1. Who invented the photograph?
    Fox Talbot was also an archaeologist who spent much of his time studying Ancient Mesopotamia
  2. What did Samuel Morse invent?
    Morse also developed the telegraph in America but it was already in use in Europe
  3. What did Alexander Graham Bell invent?
    Bell was a Scotsman who also invented the metal detector
  4. What was the name of the first postage stamp?
    It was named this as the stamp cost 1 penny and was black
  5. What was the name of Stephenson’s engine that won a prize?
    Stephenson had invented the first steam engine that later developed into the steam train
  6. What was held in 1851 to celebrate new inventions?
    The Great Exhibition's full title was The Great Exhibition of the Works of Industry of all Nations
  7. Where was the Great Exhibition held?
    Crystal Palace burnt down in the 1930s but lives on in the name of the South London based football team
  8. What was the name of the bicycle with one large wheel and one small wheel?
    It was so named because the large wheel and small wheel resembled a penny coin and the smaller farthing coin
  9. Which of these was NOT built by Isambard Kingdom Brunel?
    Isambard Kingdom Brunel revolutionised transport in Britain by building railways, bridges and ships
  10. Who invented the postage stamp?
    Before postage stamps were invented the people receiving letters had to pay before they were handed over

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